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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019

Last weekend, I was driving through rural Georgia, probably faster than I should have been, listening to the Allman Brothers. It was a hot, sunny August afternoon.

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When I entered Taylor County, I started noticing something different about the farmland. For a significant stretch of the mostly deserted four-lane highway, the fields on either side weren’t planted with soybeans or cotton or peanuts or corn.

It was photovoltaic solar panels. And I’m not talking about a small cluster used to power some sort of sensor or county extension project.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: CHS Inc(CHSCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CHS (NASDAQ:CHSCL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This MLP brings the potential for solid growth and income. Energy Transfer Equity LP (NYSE: ETE) owns the general partner and 100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) of Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco. The company also owns Lake Charles LNG. On a consolidated basis, the family of companies owns and operates a diverse portfolio of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and refined products assets, as well as retail and wholesale motor fuel operations and liquefied natural gas terminaling.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Management teams tend to be very coy about what they’re working on behind closed doors. Energy Transfer Equity’s (NYSE:ETE) leadership, on the other hand, was very transparent about what’s going on behind the scenes during the company’s first-quarter conference call. They openly answered analysts’ questions, which provided investors with an interesting glimpse into what’s ahead.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Energy Transfer Equity L.P. (NYSE: ETE) and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) have entered into a definitive merger agreement for ETP to become a wholly owned subsidiary of ETE. The deal is being conducted in a unit-for-unit exchange, meaning it is a cashless merger transaction. According to the release, this transaction will act to both streamline Energy Transfer’s organizational structure and also eliminate the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) burden. ETE’s IDRs in ETP will be canceled under the transaction.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: Medtronic plc(MDT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Automated insulin systems like the one Eli Lilly is developing combine a monitor that continuously evaluates blood-sugar levels with a wearable pump that automatically doses insulin based on the monitor’s readings. So far, Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) and Tandem Diabetes (NASDAQ:TNDM) are the only companies that have secured FDA approval for closed-loop systems. Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G became available in 2017, and Tandem’s system is expected to become available in August 2018.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT) gets the week started with its fiscal third-quarter results first thing Tuesday morning. The consensus analyst estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $1.24 and $7.53 billion in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $92.27 on Friday’s close. The consensus price target is $102.10, and the 52-week trading range is $76.41 to $100.15.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT)Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallAug. 21, 2018, 8:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ:MZOR) reported its second-quarter results on Thursday. System sales volume grew but those gains were more than offset by lower selling prices related to its commercial deal with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT). The net result was that Mazor’s revenue declined by 15% when compared to the year-ago period. 

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Here’s a review of the headline numbers from the company’s second quarter:

    Revenue for the period was $13.2 million. This figure was down 15% when compared to the year-ago period. Wall Street expected $17 million in revenue, so this was a significant miss. Management said the decline was caused by lower pricing terms due to its distribution agreement with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT). Gross margin declined 1,330 basis points to 56.1%. Operating expenses dropped 23% to $11.3 million.  Net loss was $3.8 million, or $0.07 per share. Market watchers were expecting a $0.02 loss, so this figure missed the mark, too. Cash balance at quarter end was $108 million. 

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: Engility Holdings, Inc.(EGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    The stock’s decline followed SAIC’s better-than-expected second-quarter results, as well as an announcement from SAIC that it’s acquiring Engility Holdings (NYSE:EGL), a staffing and outsourcing services company. The acquisition, which is valued at $2.5 billion when including the assumption of Engility’s $900 million in debt, is a significant undertaking given that SAIC’s total market capitalization is only around $3.5 billion.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Nu Skin Enterprises Inc  (NYSE:NUS)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 13, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS) President Ryan S. Napierski sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.00, for a total value of $800,000.00. Following the sale, the president now directly owns 74,602 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,968,160. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Vident Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new stake in Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS) in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 4,458 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $349,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Pivotal Research reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning. They currently have a $85.00 target price on the stock.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) and PetIQ (NASDAQ:PETQ) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) delivered strong results on Tuesday beating on the bottom line, but missing on the top. Personally, I love what I see at the top and bottom lines for WYNN stock.

The Macau nightmare appears to have come to an end, and it seems to me that the company is back on track. With Elaine Wynn also restructuring the board of directors, the goal appears to be wiping WYNN stock clean of any vestiges of her ex-husband’s sexual misconduct allegations.

Overall operating revenues for WYNN stock rose more than 20% to $1.72 billion. That came on the back of a 25% increase in casino revenues to $1.24 billion. Backing out the massive $464 million litigation settlement for the quarter, operating income came in at $382 million, up more than 50% from last year’s $250 million. Net income before income taxes came in at $225 million, up substantially from last year’s $135 million.

All in all, these numbers look pretty darn good to me. However, we want to drill down to make sure not missing anything.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Heico Corporation(HEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HEICO Corp (NYSE:HEI)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low on Tuesday after the company announced better than expected quarterly earnings. The company traded as low as $95.87 and last traded at $93.26, with a volume of 24654 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $93.13.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HEICO Corp (NYSE:HEI) shares hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $93.55 and last traded at $92.05, with a volume of 2840 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $93.16.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HeidelbergCement (ETR:HEI) received a €104.00 ($120.93) price objective from equities researchers at Sanford C. Bernstein in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the basic materials company’s stock. Sanford C. Bernstein’s price target indicates a potential upside of 32.65% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of industrial supplier Heico Corp. (NYSE:HEI) jumped as much as 10.5% in trading Tuesday after the company reported fiscal third-quarter 2018 results. Shares were holding nicely and were still up 10.1% at 2:50 p.m. EDT. 

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, PFE, AAPL
    Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) will likely generate a lot of buzz on Monday. Three days ago, company CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would remain a publicly traded firm. The statement comes just weeks after Musk tweeted that he had secured investment to take the company private at $420 per share. That tweet spurred an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a lawsuit by short sellers of Tesla stock. TSLA shares were off 3% this morning. All eyes today are on Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) stock. The drug giant is poised to release the results of its phase 3 study for its drug Tafamidis. The specialty drug targets a heart disease known as transthyretin cardiomyopathy. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) hit a historic milestone on Aug. 2. The tech giant’s market capitalization topped $1 trillion, making it the first firm to ever hit that value. The company continues to churn profits as more firms tap into its product pipeline. AAPL stock predictions are a dime a dozen, but the fact is that this stock remains a bargain because of its price/earnings ratio. We explain why AAPL stock is still a bargain. Look for earnings reports from HEICO Corp. (NYSE: HEI) and American Wordmark Corp. (Nasdaq: AMWD).

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Heico Corp (NYSE:HEI) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the nine analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and five have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $88.69.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd.(CCIH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Intersections (NASDAQ:INTX) and ChinaCache International (NASDAQ:CCIH) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.  (NYSE:CLF)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 08, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    It wasn’t that long ago that Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:CLF) looked like a company on the brink of insolvency. A few incredibly ill-advised investments right at the height of the commodity boom in 2010 left the company with loads of unprofitable assets and an onerous debt load. These factors were a large reason activist investors shook things up and put current CEO Lourenco Goncalves in charge. 

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Rich Smith, and Keith Noonan]

    A stock that gains 25% in less than a year is going to turn a lot of heads on Wall Street. It’s also going to make you ask yourself if the stock still has lots of room to run or if it’s headed for a crash. Three companies that have gained more than that amount this year are Baozun (NASDAQ:BZUN), SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ:SEDG), and Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:CLF). 

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Woodward, Inc.(WWD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) and Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tdam USA Inc. decreased its holdings in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) by 30.6% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 10,798 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 4,765 shares during the period. Tdam USA Inc.’s holdings in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock were worth $802,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bloom Energy (NASDAQ: WWD) and Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) Director James R. Rulseh sold 4,112 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.09, for a total transaction of $325,218.08. Following the transaction, the director now owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $790,900. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(HDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Rhumbline Advisers cut its stake in HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) by 7.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 181,854 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,628 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers owned about 0.10% of HD Supply worth $7,800,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Starbuck’s Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) Executive Chair Howard Schultz announced he will depart the company. Many are speculating he will pursue a career in politics and potentially seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Schultz had previously denied any speculation around a role in government; but his recent comments suggest that “public service” will be a part of his future plans. Gold prices dipped below $1,300 per ounce as markets continue to speculate on the likelihood of additional interest rate hikes in 2018. We believe this is solid buying opportunity for investors. The reason why gold is going to get a nice boost: ongoing trade tensions between the United States and the rest of the globe. Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth provides his insight on where gold prices are heading next and how you can make big gains in the weeks ahead.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: AAPL, TWTR, SCGLF
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is on the verge of becoming the world’s first $1 trillion company. The stock pushed above $192.60 per share in pre-market hours after its first day at the Worldwide Developers Conference. During the event, the company unveiled its new mobile operating system, called iOS 12. The firm also unveiled a suite of tools designed to combat technology addiction. Shares of Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) jumped nearly 4% on news that the social media company is about to join the S&P 500. The company will join on Thursday morning and will replace agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON). The news comes as Monsanto is in the final steps of its merger with German chemical giant Bayer AG (Nasdaq: BAYRY). Shares of Societe Generale SA (ADR) (OTCMKTS: SCGLF) are in focus after the U.S. Justice Department announced the French investment bank will pay $1.3 billion to settle two ongoing legal headaches. The company bribed Libyan officials and manipulated LIBOR, a benchmark interest rate on which most financing is based. Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE: L

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Medtronic plc(MDT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Van ECK Associates Corp raised its position in Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) by 10.2% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 433,753 shares of the medical technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 40,236 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp’s holdings in Medtronic were worth $34,796,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KSS, JPM, TSLA
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  • [By Max Byerly]

    KBC Group NV boosted its position in Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) by 2.4% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 655,442 shares of the medical technology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 15,628 shares during the period. KBC Group NV’s holdings in Medtronic were worth $52,580,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT)Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallAug. 21, 2018, 8:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) had its price target boosted by BMO Capital Markets from $94.00 to $104.00 in a report published on Wednesday, The Fly reports. They currently have an outperform rating on the medical technology company’s stock.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.(TNDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    DexCom Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), Insulet (NASDAQ:PODD), and Tandem Diabetes (NASDAQ:TNDM) are working on new medical devices that could significantly improve the lives of people with diabetes. Addressing this massive market is a big opportunity, but are these stocks worth adding to your portfolio?

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Shares of Tandem Diabetes Care (NASDAQ:TNDM) were 10.9% higher as of 2:42 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Investors continued to drive up the insulin-pump maker’s stock following Tandem’s second-quarter update on Monday after the market closed. Tandem’s share price has risen more than 27% since the company announced its Q2 results.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a tough day on Wall Street, as the Nasdaq Composite led the way lower among major benchmarks. With the market stuck squarely in the quarterly lull between financial reports from well-known companies, investors have little to go on other than macroeconomic and geopolitical news, and uncertainties related to trade and the political tides in Washington acted to weigh on sentiment to start the week. A few companies saw their shares take much larger hits than the overall market, and Nio (NYSE:NIO), Mersana Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MRSN), and Tandem Diabetes Care (NASDAQ:TNDM) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Dividend Yield

    Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) Drugs $109 billion 19.37 1.88%
    AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) Drugs $93 billion 19.70 3.97%
    Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX) Medical supplies $60 billion 17.74 1.29%
    DexCom (NASDAQ: DXCM) Medical devices $8 billion N/A N/A
    Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) Drugs $85 billion 14.91 2.77%
    Insulet (NASDAQ: PODD) Medical devices $5 billion 273.03 N/A
    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) Drugs, medical devices $325 billion 14.16 2.57%
    Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LXRX) Drugs $1 billion N/A N/A
    MannKind (NASDAQ: MNKD) Drugs $270 million N/A N/A
    Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) Medical devices $117 billion 15.36 2.14%
    Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) Drugs $159 billion 12.99 3.22%
    Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO) Drugs $116 billion 18.29 2.61%
    Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) Drugs $209 billion 11.62 3.82%
    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: REGN) Drugs $32 billion 13.95 N/A
    Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) Drugs $95 billion 10.75 4.64%
    Senseonics Holdings (NYSEMKT: SENS) Medical devices $447 million N/A N/A
    Tandem Diabetes Care (NASDAQ: TNDM) Medical devices $711 million N/A N/A

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance. P/E = price-to-earnings ratio; N/A = not applicable. Data as of May 25, 2018.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Last year, competitor Medtronic ushered in a new era in blood glucose control when it launched the MiniMed 670G, the world’s first artificial pancreas system. Medtronic uses its own CGM in its system, but competing systems incorporate DexCom’s CGMs. In June, Tandem Diabetes (NASDAQ:TNDM) secured FDA approval for a solution that pairs its insulin pump up with the G6. Insulet (NASDAQ:PODD) and Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY) are in late-stage studies of their own systems that rely upon DexCom’s CGMs, too.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fort Dearborn Income Securities, Inc.(FDI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Press coverage about Fort Dearborn Income Securities (NYSE:FDI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Fort Dearborn Income Securities earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the investment management company an impact score of 47.5421964561374 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hudson Technologies, Inc.(HDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Hudson Technologies (NASDAQ:HDSN) released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday. The industrial products company reported ($0.02) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.01 by ($0.03), Bloomberg Earnings reports. Hudson Technologies had a return on equity of 6.44% and a net margin of 1.64%. The business had revenue of $42.43 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $45.88 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) was down, falling around 32 percent to $2.7799 after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: 1-800 FLOWERS.COM Inc.(FLWS)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    1-800-Flowers.Com (NASDAQ:FLWS)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by analysts at Benchmark in a research note issued on Wednesday, Marketbeat.com reports. They presently have a $16.00 price objective on the specialty retailer’s stock, up from their previous price objective of $14.00. Benchmark’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 26.28% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    1-800-Flowers.Com (NASDAQ:FLWS) posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The specialty retailer reported ($0.12) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.13) by $0.01, MarketWatch Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $229.93 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $227.57 million. 1-800-Flowers.Com had a net margin of 4.91% and a return on equity of 9.86%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted ($0.11) earnings per share. 1-800-Flowers.Com updated its FY19 guidance to $0.38-0.42 EPS.

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    1-800-Flowers.com Inc (NASDAQ:FLWS)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallAug. 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    1-800-Flowers (NASDAQ:FLWS) had its price target hoisted by DA Davidson from $10.00 to $11.00 in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a neutral rating on the specialty retailer’s stock. DA Davidson also issued estimates for 1-800-Flowers’ FY2018 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at ($0.24) EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.02 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at ($0.16) EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at ($0.10) EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.54 EPS.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018

If small-company stocks offer the chance to get into businesses on the ground floor, and big blue chips offer world-beating stability, what do shares of midsize companies bring to the table? Historically, superior returns. Since 1980, the Russell Midcap index, which tracks U.S. stocks with $934 million to $34 billion in market capitalization (stock price times shares outstanding), returned 12.9% per year, on averageahead of the large-cap Standard & Poors 500-stock index (11.7%) and the small-cap Russell 2000 index (11%).

See Also: Mid-Cap Stocks Are the Market’s Sweet Spot

Patrick Dunkerley, who comanages the Scout Mid Cap Fund (UMBMX), describes mid caps as a market sweet spot, offering more stability than small companies (thanks to, among other things, more-seasoned executives) and better growth potential than large firms. The fund, which holds 142 stocks, aims to eclipse the long-term performance of the Russell Midcap index.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) also will report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $0.63 in EPS and $1.08 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $36.48, in a 52-week range of $16.19 to $38.06. The consensus price target is $34.62.

  • [By ]

    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results after the markets close on Tuesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters call for $0.63 in earnings per share (EPS) on $1.08 billion in revenue. In the fourth quarter of last year, the retailer said it had EPS of $0.55 and $1.03 billion in revenue.

  • [By ]

    In the mid-level, Boss said that Urban Outfitters (URBN) is recovering, along with Kohl’s Stores (KSS) . He also liked PVH (PVH) and Lululemon Athletica (LULU) .

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman, Leo Sun, and Steve Symington]

    To take advantage of that potential boom, we asked three of our retail writers for their top picks for May. See why they recommend Dollar General (NYSE:DG), Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (NYSE:SKT), and Home Depot (NYSE:HD).

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Fresh from its first $100 billion sales year ever, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) is set to kick off fiscal 2018 with more positive news for shareholders. The home improvement retailer’s first-quarter results, due out on May 15, likely benefited from U.S. economic growth and more market share gains that were just slightly offset by challenges like increased competition and higher mortgage rates.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) which traded up 3.00% at $180.16. The stock’s 52-week range is $144.25 to $207.61. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 5.4 million. There company announced this morning that it plans to hire 1,000 IT workers to strengthen its position against e-commerce behemoth Amazon.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) was last seen down 1.5% at $173.80, but that’s down over 16% from its recent all-time high of $207.61. Maybe with home values up and with affordability becoming harder to justify it means that maybe all the great work they have been doing won’t keep on working ahead.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Tutor Perini Corporation(TPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tutor Perini (NYSE:TPC) is set to release its Q1 earnings data after the market closes on Wednesday, May 9th. Analysts expect Tutor Perini to post earnings of $0.27 per share for the quarter. Tutor Perini has set its FY18 guidance at $1.90-$2.30 EPS.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 5.05%% at $232.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $173.90 to $259.77. Volume was around 4.8 million shares, more than double the daily average of about 2 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By ]

    3M (MMM) : “The company said that March might be weak, and that was all she wrote. “

    Granite Construction (GVA) : “No, I’d rather see you in Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) .”

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) reported its first-quarter earnings results before the markets opened on Tuesday. The company posted $2.50 in earnings per share (EPS) on $8.28 billion in revenue, which compares with consensus estimates of $2.52 in EPS on revenue of $8.26 billion. In the same period of last year, 3M said it had EPS of $2.16 and $7.68 billion in revenue.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was 3M Company (NYSE: MMM) which traded up 3.23% at $244.68. The stock’s 52-week range is $86.31 to $259.77. Volume was about 25% lower than the daily average of around 2.4 million. The company had no specific news Monday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Medtronic plc(MDT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Stephens Inc. AR boosted its holdings in shares of Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) by 8.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 119,490 shares of the medical technology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 9,044 shares during the quarter. Stephens Inc. AR’s holdings in Medtronic were worth $9,586,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT) which rose over 4% to $84.85. The stocks 52-week range is $76.41 to $89.72. Volume was 9.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 5.2 million.

  • [By ]

    Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) yields 2.2% annually and has grown its dividend by 12.1% annually over the last five years. Not only does the company offer an attractive dividend, it also returns cash to investors through an aggressive buyback program. Medtronic generated $5.6 billion in free cash flow last year, returning $3.5 billion through share repurchases and nearly $2.4 billion in dividends.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market posted small advances on Monday, with most major benchmarks picking up between 0.4% and 0.8%. Much of the attention on Wall Street centered on other financial markets, which included favorable price action in oil, a surge in the value of the U.S. dollar against many foreign currencies, and relatively weak performance from gold. Yet there was still plenty of good news that sent individual companies’ shares higher. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE:TEVA), Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT), and Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.(HIIQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ:HIIQ) saw unusually-high trading volume on Thursday after the company announced better than expected quarterly earnings. Approximately 2,255,517 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 457% from the previous session’s volume of 404,884 shares.The stock last traded at $28.70 and had previously closed at $27.65.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ:HIIQ) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ: HIIQ) and Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.B) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Lydall, Inc.(LDL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors are becoming increasingly bullish about BTC, as financial institutions like Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) become more interested in entering the cryptocurrency market.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    The underwriting syndicate is large and star-studded. It is led by Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), JPMorgan Chase’s(NYSE:JPM)J.P. Morgan Securities, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) Capital, and Citigroup (NYSE: C) Global Markets.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    In Kenya, 28 million consumers can now seamlessly integrate their M-Pesa accounts with PayPal. In Spain, CaixaBank and Bankia both further integrated their online sites with PayPal. HSBC Holdings PLC (NYSE:HSBC) now allows corporate customers in the U.K. to pay distributions to beneficiaries through PayPal, a capability to be rolled out across Europe in the coming months. Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) announced a strategic partnership that enables its customers to more easily link their accounts to PayPal, and soon to use their reward points on PayPal’s digital platform.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Some of this sentiment has been fueled by optimism that UK investment bank Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) is looking to open a cryptocurrency trading desk in the months ahead.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is teaming up with investment banking giant Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) to develop and launch a new co-branded credit card next year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This would replace the tech giant’s current partnership with Barclays (NYSE:BCS), and would be issued under the Apple Pay brand name.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    That expansion can be hard to keep track of, but investors should recognize the five companies which Tencent could hurt: NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES), Weibo (NASDAQ:WB), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ), and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA).

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Tencent’s ecosystem covers lots of markets. WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China, grew its monthly active users (MAUs) 11% annually to 989 million last quarter. The expansion of WeChat — which offers ride hailing, delivery services, e-commerce features, games, payments, and other services — widens Tencent’s moat against search giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba (NYSE:BABA).

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), the company that manages China’s dominant search engine, has seen its stock price increase 2,000% since 2006. Investment conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. is up a modest 118,550% since its debut on the Hong Kong Exchange in 2004.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) jumped 46.7 percent to $16.1331. The low-float small-cap clinical stage gene therapy company saw its stock rally nearly 150 percent from Monday through Thursday. Formal news hasn't been announced this week that would support a triple-digit percentage rally (including more than 200 percent at one point on Thursday) but the quiet period following its initial public offering will expire on May 8.
    Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares gained 24.7 percent to $36.17. Celyad reported the publication of THINK study case report of CYAD-01 Induced Complete Remission in relapsed/refractory AML patient in haematologica.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares jumped 23.2 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.
    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) gained 21.8 percent to $19.58 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) climbed 20.4 percent to $27.20 following Q1 results.
    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares jumped 18.2 percent to $304.135 following strong quarterly results.
    Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) gained 13.9 percent to $12.70 as the company reported Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) gained 13.8 percent to $17.36.
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 11.8 percent to $2.336 after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) shares surged 11.7 percent to $11.75 after the company announced 'successful completion of interim analysis' for FORWARD I Phase 3 mirvetuximab soravtansine trial.
    Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELOX) gained 9.5 percent to $12.70.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 8.5 percent to $115.3801 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 8.3 percent to $6.50. The stock moved higher after a Reuters report suggested ongoing merger talks with T-M
  • [By ]

    Alibaba began quietly testing autonomous driving technologies last year, led by Wang Gang, the chief scientist of Alibaba’s A.I. Labs. Despite its late start, Alibaba appears to be moving quickly. Although it will be playing catch up to Baidu (BIDU) and Tencent (TCEHY) , which already have approval from Chinese regulators for open-road testing.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Bank of Hawaii Corporation(BOH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.
    Subsea 7 S.A. confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire McDermott International Inc (NYSE: MDR).
    CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren Corp (NYSE: VVC) for $72 per share in cash.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.

Your Daily Pharma Scoop: IRWD Division, Jazz sNDA, Siga Adcomm

Analysis focus: IRWD

Ironwood Pharma (NASDAQ:IRWD) is going to split into two separate companies, both publicly traded, with one focusing on commercialization and the other on R&D. This move will happen in the first half of 2019 and be tax free to current shareholders.

Ironwoods linzess, which was approved 6 years ago in irritable bowel syndrome with constipation and for treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation. Recently, as we know, Synergy Pharmas (NASDAQ:SGYP) Trulance got approved by the FDA for the same indications. Now, according to some sources, Trulance is a safer drug than Linzess. However, Trulance has not been able to take off as well as investors had assumed, although it has put a dent in the prospects of Linzess.

Linzess is marketed by Allergan (NYSE:AGN), which has considerable marketing prowess. Now, this bid to separate IRWD into two divisions probably owes itself to one reason – that after 6 years of approval, IRWD has still not been able to become profitable. As the announcement of this news says, the commercial division of IRWD, which is focused on Linzess, ..is expected to be profitable in 2019. That means, if you reduce the R&D expenses from the total cash burn of the company, then it could become profitable on Linzess revenues. At least, that seems to be the idea.

The other division will do R&D on cyclic guanosine monophosphate pharmacology to advance a pipeline of treatments for rare and serious diseases led by mid-stage candidates praliciguat and olinciguat. This will be the division that will look for future treatments to bring to market as Linzess completes its market cycle.

For SGYP investors, what is interesting to note here is that this move seems aimed to make Linzess profitable for at least a part of the company. That is to say, the old Ironwood has to shed the more cash burning part of it – the R&D section – to make this happen.

This could mean, either, that Trulance is really taking over some of Linzess traditional market, and/or the market itself is not sustaining enough for Linzess to make enough money to cover Ironwoods entire cash requirements, although IRWD has managed to reduce OpEx drastically.

The first idea is a good thing for Synergy investors; the second is a sobering conclusion of how just getting a product approved but without proper money and marketing management can still ruin the future prospects of a company.

In related news, IRWD released earnings results for Q1 and missed both by EPS and by revenue, despite seeing a 32% increase in revenue Y/Y.

Stocks in News: Analysis of JAZZ, SIGA

Jazz Pharma submits U.S. marketing application for expanded use of Xyrem

Discussion: Jazz Pharmas (NASDAQ:JAZZ) Xyrem was first approved in 2002 to treat cataplexy in narcolepsy and for EDS in narcolepsy. This expanded use sNDA will increase the scope of Xyrem to include pediatric patients. The market isnt much because Age of onset for narcolepsy typically occurs in the second decade of life; however, diagnosis can occur 1016 years later on average.

FDA Ad Com backs SIGA’s smallpox treatment

Discussion: Naturally occuring smallpox was eradicated in 1980, but SIGA technologies (NASDAQ:SIGA) TPOXX (tecovirimat) is an antiviral oral treatment targeting smallpox when used as a biological weapon, for which no medicine exists as of now. Vaccination is risky and not efficient for people with low exposure risks, especially for an eradicated disease. However, the market for this new drug candidate will be for defense purposes. PDUFA is August 8.

In other news

Karyopharm (NASDAQ:KPTI), which was highlighted in yesterdays scoop, has now come up with a $125mn stock offering, taking the stock down 3%.

Mallinckrodts (NYSE:MNK) stannsoporfin has an adcomm on Thursday for elevated blood bilirubin in neonates (at least 35 weeks’ gestational age) with indicators of hemolysis (rupture of red blood cells) who are at risk of developing severe hyperbilirubinemia (excess bilirubin in the blood). This is a small market.

Medtronics (NYSE:MDT) Deep Brain Stimulation therapy has been approved by the FDA as adjunctive therapy for adult patients with partial onset seizues in drug resistant epilepsy.

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